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The National Nutritional Foods Association has announced its annual award winners. Alfred Sommer won the Burton Kallman Scientific Award for his research on vitamin A and micronutrients. Carl Barnes, founder or CORNS Inc., a living seed bank, won the Rachel Carson Environmental Award. The President's Award went to Frank Murray for his long-time contributions to the natural foods industry. Healthcare practitioners Luc Chaltin, Robert Ivker and David Perlmutter won the NNFA Clinician Awards for their dedication to responsible holistic, non-invasive and alternative medicine. Goldie Caughlan, Bill Knudsen, Suzanne Shelton and Rosemarie West won the NNFA Crusader Award for their contributions to the natural products industry beyond commercial success.

Susan Haeger was named vice president of corporate communications and government affairs for Econet Inc. Haeger has more than 20 years' experience in the natural and organic products industry, and most recently was vice president of strategic global affairs for New Hope Natural Media. Econet Inc., based in Lacey, Wash., is the parent company for Unigen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Aloecorp Inc. and Univera Lifesciences Inc.

Classics Catfish, an Ayden, N.C.-based seafood distributor, named Joe Stofer director of retail sales and Doug Doering director of foodservice and distributor sales. Previously, Stofer worked as a seafood coordinator at Whole Foods. Doering has worked for the seafood and foodservice industry for 25 years.

Nutritional Laboratories International, a supplements manufacturer in Missoula, Mont., appointed Ernie Ganaden general manager for its Western strategic business unit and reassigned Stacey Petrey as general manager of the Mountain strategic business unit.

Tim Fiorino is the new national sales manager for Good Health Natural Foods, a Northport, N.Y.-based producer of natural and organic snacks. Fiorino previously was with Seattle Chocolate, Oregon Chai and Clif Bar.

Moab, Utah-based Synergy Production Laboratories hired Steven Lattey as director of raw materials, Tim Harkwright as director of quality assurance and Ellen Schutt as director of marketing. SPL is a manufacturer of organic raw materials and supplement products.

Global Lifescience Solutions hired Dr. Aline Lindbeck as its new general manager. Lindbeck has more than 14 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade appointed Ann Daw as its president. Daw was previously an executive and consultant with Kraft and Philip Morris.

Orem, Utah-based nutraceutical company Natural Care Products Inc. announced the hiring of Travis Anderson as national sales director and Candace Jacobson as director of product development and marketing.

Albert's Organics, distributor of organically grown produce, has hired three new employees to its Western division located in Vernon, Calif. Kathryn Courtney is now general manager, Scott Tenner is sales manager and Jules Tearle is a sales representative. Albert's Organics is a subsidiary of Dayville, Conn.-based United Natural Foods Inc.

Weetabix North America has appointed Chuck Marble executive vice president. Previously president/CEO of Triad Foods Group, Marble has also been an executive at Frito Lay.

Los Angeles-based Hyland's Inc., manufacturer of homeopathic products, named Dr. Iris Bell director of scientific affairs. In addition to her position at Hyland's, Bell will continue to serve as a professor of family and community medicine at the University of Arizona.

Tammy VanEtten is the new Eastern regional sales manager for Boise, Idaho-based Nutri-Vet Animal Health Care Products. VanEtten has more than 10 years' experience with pet-based businesses, including working for the pet broker firm Rob Boyd and Associates, as well as breeding and showing bulldogs.

The Austin, Texas-based American Botanical Council named Drs. John Beutler and John Cardellina to its advisory board. Both currently work at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Md., where Beutler is a staff scientist in the molecular targets development program and Cardellina is the expert chemist for the development therapeutics program.

Raw material manufacturer Embria Health Services of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, chose Stuart Reeves, Ph.D., as its new director of research and development. Reeves was formerly the primary scientist for Diamond V Mills Inc., Embria's parent company. Embria also hired Cheryl Sturm as director of marketing. Sturm was previously strategic marketing manager for Kemin Health.

Jerome Maynard has been appointed executive vice president of Orinda, Calif.-based Mary's Gone Crackers, producer of organic wheat-free and gluten-free crackers. Maynard was previously vice president of sales for Numi Tea.

Los Angeles-based supplement company Jarrow Formulas appointed Kenny Henderson as Southeast sales associate. Henderson was previously the manager of the Natural Living department for Wild Oats in Nashville, Tenn.

Old Mother Hubbard of Chelmsford, Mass., a natural pet food maker, appointed Mark Shuster as vice president of marketing and Jean Lizotte as vice president of new products.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVII/number 9/p. 54, 56

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